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Daily Journal
     October 31, 2019      #96-304 KDJ

Scott Reeder: Illinois should honor native son

By Scott Reeder

I first learned about the lynching of Emmett Till from a racist.

My ninth-grade civics teacher, Ken Phlamm, told the story of the 14-year-old black boy from Chicago who, in 1955, whistled at a white woman while visiting relatives in Money, Miss.

Several nights after the incident, the woman’s husband and his brother went to Emmett’s great-uncle’s house and abducted the boy.

They took him away and beat and mutilated him before shooting him in the head and sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River.

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